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Starting a New Relationship – pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements Starting a New Relationship – pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements

Starting a New Relationship – pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements


We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.


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Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Carmelita Ardren

Head of Family, Children and Divorce

Ellie Foster

Legal Director

Claire Hunter


Joanna Lofthouse

Chartered Legal Executive

Lucy Westmoreland

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

As the name suggests, a pre-nup is an agreement made between prospective spouses before the marriage takes place.  A properly prepared pre-nup can help provide certainty as it can cover a whole range of issues, dealing with how property and assets should be divided in the event of divorce.

Pre-nups are not just used by the super-wealthy.  There are a number of different reasons for wanting to have a pre-nup.  Common reasons include:

  • Wanting to preserve inherited wealth, for example farming assets
  • Protecting trusts assets, sometimes as part of a coordinated family approach
  • On a second or subsequent marriage, seeking to protect pre-acquired wealth for the benefit of existing children
  • Protecting a particular asset or group of assets, for example business assets
  • Where one party is bringing significant wealth to the relationship compared to the other party
  • Even where the parties are evenly matched financially, as a clear financial management exercise to specify intentions and provide certainty
  • Simply to try and avoid the experience of another costly, stressful and protracted divorce

Many of our cases involve trust interests or wider issues of inheritance and estate planning.  We provide you with an holistic service by drawing on the expertise of colleagues in our Trusts, Wills and Estates team, to provide in-house advice about trusts, wills and estate planning, in conjunction with our family law advice.

How to contact us

Please contact Carmelita Ardren Head of Family on 01423 566666 or use this link to complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you.